The Little Prince is a marvelous piece of artwork skillfully painted in homage to the original hit book (1943).
One of the most colorful and extraordinary films of the year and unfortunately many people will not get the chance to see it on the big screen. The reason being is that Paramount Animation choose to drop the film indefinitely. The good news is that Netflix later picked up the film and will release sometime in 2016. The Little Prince is an animated feature based on the best-selling novel from 1943. It's a novella from the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
The Little Prince also is the fourth most-translated book in the world and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into more than 250 languages and dialects (as well as Braille), selling nearly two million copies annually with sales totaling over 140 million copies worldwide, The Little Prince has become one of the best-selling books ever published. It’s a fascinating story of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss.
The book shares with us the author’s own memoir as he recounts his aviation experiences in the Sahara Desert. The tale is philosophical and also includes social criticism throughout. This poetic tale is brilliantly illustrated with watercolors, by which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. Now, fast-forward to the present day as director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) captures that classic tale with a few modern twists added into it.
The story follows a little girl (voiced by Mackenzie Foy) who lives in a very grown-up world with her mother (voiced by a wonderful Rachel McAdams), who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator (voiced by the brilliant Jeff Bridges), introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince (voiced by a fascinating Riley Osborne). The movie blends mesmerizing stop-motion with beautiful computer animation.
The stop-motion scenes in the desert were mostly created using paper, even the Little Prince was made out of paper clay. This gives the film a sense of wonder and awe as it captures the essence of the classic tale. The Little Prince is also backed by talented voice assemble (Bridges, McAdams, Osborne, Foy, Paul Rudd, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti and Albert Brooks). The elements from the novel are woven into an original narrative, but have no fear the novels original story and theme isn’t lost. The Little Prince is a beautiful movie experience that deserves to be seen.
The Little Prince is rated PG (Parental Guidance). For mild thematic elements.